Squarespace is a SaaS-based content management system-integrated website builder, blogging platform and hosting service. The system allows individuals and businesses to create, host and maintain websites and blogs. The services are only available bundled; they are not available separately.
Since launching in 2004, Squarespace has grown to over 500 employees in 190 countries, and millions of users have created websites on the Squarespace platform.
Squarespace was founded in 2003 and launched in January 2004 by Anthony Casalena while he studied at the University of Maryland, using a $30,000 investment from his father. He created the initial software behind the company after trying and disliking other personal web page platforms. Squarespace was founded to create an all-in-one web publishing solution. On November 17, 2014, Squarespace announced that it acquired Brace.io, a website creation startup powered by cloud tools like Dropbox and Amazon Web Services. The price of the acquisition was not released.
|Old version, no longer supported: 4||May 2007||Introduced full site searching, FAQs, integrated form building, forums, and a Google Maps component.|
|Current stable version: 7||October 2014||A major redesign of the Squarespace 6 interface offered as an in-place upgrade for existing users. Added Cover Pages, Getty Images integration, Google Apps integration, 15 new template variants, updated Android apps, and more.|
- In December 2012, the company was ranked #2 Best Place to Work in New York City by Crain's New York.
- In January 2013, the company placed #45 in Forbes' annual list of America's Most Promising Companies.
- In November 2013, Squarespace was awarded a Critics' Choice CMS Award for Best Website Builder by CMS Critic.
- In April 2014, Squarespace won 4 Webby Awards.
- In September 2014, Squarespace was named the #3 best medium company to work at in the USA by Fortune Magazine 
- In October 2015, Squarespace was named the #5 best medium company to work at in the USA by Fortune Magazine 
- In October 2015, Squarespace was named to Wealthfront's list of Career-Launching Companies. 
- In December 2015, Squarespace was ranked #7 Best Place to Work in New York City by Crain's New York.
Squarespace's primary competitors in the website publishing industry include WordPress, Weebly, Wix.com, GoDaddy, Jimdo, Webflow, Webydo amongst others. Some of these competitors make services such as templates, hosting and domain registration available separately or in partial bundles.
The exact number of Squarespace users is not disclosed, although Casalena estimates that Squarespace signs up about 1,000 new customers a day.
Squarespace is funded by Accel Partners and Index Ventures. The company raised $38.5 million in its Series A round of funding in July, 2010. As part of the financing deal, Squarespace formed a board of directors, to add its three charter members: Jonathan Klein, Andrew Braccia and Dominique Vidal. Casalena remains Squarespace's largest shareholder.
Squarespace raised another $40 million in Series B funding from General Atlantic in April 2014. This is a minority investment. Anton Levy, Managing Director of General Atlantic, will join the Squarespace board of directors.